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The Gun Control Battle. It’s Not About Guns As Weapons, but Guns as Symbols. | Risk: Reason and Reality | Big Think

December 20, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

People with these concerns have been identified by research into the Theory of Cultural Cognition as Individualists, people who prefer a society that grants the individual more freedom and independence and leaves them more personally in control of their individual choices and values. Contrast that with the sort of society preferred by Communitarians, who feel most comfortable, and safest, in a ‘We’re all in it together’ world of shared control and communal power, a society that that sacrifices some individual freedoms in the name of the greater common good. These deeply conflicting worldviews drive the central conflict in the fight over gun control, to which President Obama referred in his remarks in Newtown Sunday night when he asked “Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?” About this core question, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy asked “Where do we draw the line?”

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